When your baby is born, there is a tendency to be overwhelmed with intense and mixed emotions which could include excitement, joy, anxiety, etc. Well, for excitement, it could be because of at least two reasons – you are excited to take best care of your little baby and or you are excited to get back to your usual activities to lose weight after baby is born.
After giving birth, it takes extra determination and discipline to get back in shape. Yes, it is not going to be that easy but still worth fighting for.
In this article, allow me to share with you some tips on how to effectively lose weight fast after giving birth.
Effective And Quickest Ways To Lose Weight After Baby Is Born
We have listed down 5 tips you could use to lose weight after your baby is born.
1. Don’t Diet
“It may sound strange, but going on an official “diet” could derail your post-pregnancy weight loss goals. Feeling deprived of your favorite foods while you’re already stressed out by your new role as mom could actually cause you to gainweight, Johnson says.”
Instead of going on a diet, eat “a well-balanced variety of foods. Keep different snacks in the house to keep you from feeling hungry and give you energy throughout the day. Apple slices, carrot sticks, and wheat crackers are all good for noshing”.
“Whether breastfeeding can actually help you lose weight is still up in the air — some studies find that breastfeeding exclusively can help you return to your pre-baby weight faster, while others find no difference in weight loss between women who breastfeed and those who bottle feed.”
Thus, breastfeeding’s actual degree of effectiveness to losing weight is still not specifically known. But…
“What is for sure is that breastfeeding is good for your baby, boosting immunity and providing a number of other important health benefits. And nursing exclusively lets you add about an extra 300 calories a day to your diet (you can add slightly more calories if you have a really big eater or twins). Just make sure that if you do breastfeed, you don’t use it as an excuse to eat whatever you want.”
Here is a bonus video to help you understand how to make your baby to latch on for effective and comfortable breastfeeding:
3. Drink Up
Keeping yourself hydrated helps you lose weight. How?
“It also fills you up so that you don’t eat as much, and some research has found that it may speed up your metabolism.”
You can use the “color of your urine and how often you need to go to the bathroom” as an indicator of the hydration level of your body. “If you’re drinking enough fluids, your urine should be relatively clear, and you should be going to the bathroom about every three to four hours”.
4. Move It!
You need to incorporate in your lifestyle post pregnancy aerobic and strength training exercises to lose weight fast by burning calories. These can also keep both your muscles and your bones strong.
Here is a video showing a fun way to exercise while at the same time spending precious time with your baby.
“You don’t have to hit the gym to get back in shape after pregnancy — taking a brisk walk with your baby in the stroller is enough to get your heart pumping and muscles working. “You want to shoot for at least 150 minutes a week,” says James M. Pivarnik, PhD, FACSM, professor of kinesiology and epidemiology at Michigan State University and president-elect of the American College of Sports Medicine. With a new baby, finding 30 minutes in a row might be impossible, so Pivarnik suggests breaking up the time into 10-minute increments. Then try to work your way up to 20- or 30-minute sessions.”
5. Get Enough Sleep
It is important that get as much sleep as you could possibly want in order to get back in shape fast.
“It may seem impossible to get a full eight hours of sleep when you have a baby summoning you like clockwork throughout the night, but being sleep deprived could make it harder for you to shed the baby weight. In one study, new moms who slept five hours or less a night were more likely to hold onto their extra pregnancy weight than women who slept seven hours. When you’re tired, your body releases cortisol and other stress hormones that can promote weight gain. “Also when you’re exhausted, you don’t feel like taking good care of yourself,” Johnson says. “You’re less likely to choose healthy food. You’re more likely to grab something through a drive-through. You’re also less likely to get physical activity.”"
To read more, go to: http://www.webmd.com/baby/features/8-tips-for-losing-weight-after-pregnancy.
An Encouragement To Those Who Want To Lose Weight After Baby Is Born
There maybe many distractions to your weight loss goal after baby is born and your new roles could be challenging, but don’t give up. With motivation, discipline and the tips we have shared here, you certainly can do it!
Give yourself the chance to adjust and make it back to your pre-pregnancy shape, or perhaps into an even better shape.